Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen announced on Friday that they are divorcing after 13 years of marriage.
“We came to this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together. We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure that they get the love and attention they deserve,” Brady wrote on his Instagram Story. “We have come to this decision to end our marriage after much consideration.”
Bündchen echoed that with a statement of her own.
“With much gratitude for our time together, Tom and I have amicably finalized our divorce. My priority has always been and will continue to be our children, whom I love with all my heart. We will continue co-parenting to give them the love, care and attention they so much deserve,” she wrote. “The decision to end a marriage is never easy, but we have separated and while it is, of course, difficult to go through something like this, I feel blessed for the time we had together and only wish the best for Tom always.”
“We wish only the best for each other as we tackle any new chapters in our lives that are yet to be written,” Brady added in his post.
CNN previously reported that Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his wife, Bündchen, a fashion model, have hired divorce lawyers and are pursuing “marital affairs,” according to a source close to. the couple
The two, “lived separately,” a source close to Bündchen told CNN September
Brady, 45, retired from the NFL in February, only to later reverse that decision. He took an 11-day leave of absence from training camp in August to “deal with personal matters,” according to his head coach Todd Bowles.
In an interview with she magazine published last month, Bündchen, 42, said she had “concerns” about her husband returning to the field after initially retiring last winter.
“This is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” Bündchen told the publication. “I must have had those conversations with him over and over again. But in the end, I feel everyone has to make a decision on what works for them [them]. He must also follow his joy.”
In a recent conversation about his a podcastBrady talked about some of the personal costs of playing in the NFL for two decades.
“I haven’t had Christmas in 23 years and I haven’t had Thanksgiving in 23 years, I haven’t celebrated birthdays with people I care about who are born from August to late January. And I can’t be at funerals and I can’t be at weddings,” Brady said. “I think there comes a point in your life where you say, ‘You know what? I’ve had enough and enough and time to move on, to move on to other parts of life.'”
CNN has reached out to representatives for Brady and Bündchen for further comment.